Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bharat Biotech dispatches first consignment of Covaxin; Kolkata receives the highest doses of Covishield

Bharat Biotech, which has received Emergency Use Authorisation approval from the Drug Controller General of India for its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin, dispatched it from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on January 12, in the evening, a senior official of the Airports cargo division told news agency PTI.

"Today we have received the first consignment of vaccines from Serum Institute at Hyderabad airport. We received 970 kgs of consignment (from Serum Institute)."

"Today in the evening the first consignment is going out of Hyderabad.... (it is from ) Bharat Biotech. It is going to 11 destinations," the official told reporters after receiving the first consignment of Covishield vaccines.

Covishield is developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

In a series of tweets, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said: Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo will operate nine flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Chandigarh.

The first consignment of 54,900 vials of Covishield vaccines landed at the Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport on early in the day at 1:30 pm via a SpiceJet flight (SG757) carrying the vaccines from the Serum Institute of India facility in Pune, reported PTI.

The first flight carrying Covishield vaccine, has already reached Delhi, Gujarat, Chennai and Kolkata.

Kolkata received the highest doses of Covishield followed by Chennai.

12/01/21 PTI/

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